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Presentation to Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services
10-09-2015
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10-09-2015
ERCRS Annual Volunteers' Dinner
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08-09-2015
Child Protection Training II
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02-04-2015
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Sports gear donation
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02-10-2013
African Family Camp
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15-09-2013
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21-06-2013
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01-04-2013
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Rabbit out of the hat
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23-11-2012
Volunteer Dinner 2012
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14-11-2012
Variety Bikes4Kids
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28-08-2012
Splashing out at MSAC

Easter Kids Camp

Mon   01-04-2013

Being a teacher, my career tends to take me on many unique journeys that remind me of how incredible kids can be. I consider myself lucky to be in a position where I can develop relationships with them, teach them what I know and watch how they grow and respond to life’s experiences. However, I’m even luckier that the connections my career has provided me led me to participating in Edmund Rice Camps.

The African Kids camp was my first camp, and I took on the role of camp coach. Understandably, I was quite nervous and weary about the challenges ahead of me. However, as soon as I walked into Amberly and was greeted with by the  exec team I knew these feelings were unwarranted. They were supportive, enthusiastic and incredibly helpful. Then, meeting the kids on day one, seeing their beeming smiles and eagerness to participate in games and activities, as well as meet and bond with each other was the moment I realized how much potential these camps have to make a positive impact on their lives.

An experience that really highlighted to me the wonderful impact camps have on the kids came when one of the boys was having a bad day. I approached another boy and asked him if he knew him. Of which he responded that he didn’t. I suggested the boy should introduce himself and ask him if he would join in on his games. Before I could finish my sentence he had already run over to the other boy and started a conversation with him. Immediately they were both smiling and laughing. This act really flaunted to me how eager the kids were to enjoy the experiences camp had to offer, but also to help each other get most out of the opportunities.

I caught up with this boy on the last day of camp and asked him to reflect on his experiences. To which he responded, “I have had a really good time with you on camp. I have made lots of new friends and I have never smiled so much.” This was the vibe across all the kids on this last day.  I walked away from this conversation feeling absolutely chuffed, that I was part of a team that helped make so much of an impact on not only this little boys life, but the lives of 27 other kids.

My camp experience could not have gone so smoothly and enjoyably if it wasn’t for the amazing group of  leaders that I had the opportunity to camp with.  From day 1 I felt as if I was surrounded by friends and part of a closely-knit and supportive team. I never once heard a leader complain or say no, and there was never anywhere I could look without seeing a smile. Thankyou to all involved in making my camp enjoyable and memorable.

I’m lucky to be a teacher, but I’m even luckier to be a teacher who has camped, and I cant wait to camp again. 

- Lisa Grass

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